Cath Almaine‘The battle of Allen’

  • Old Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
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  • Old Irish


Cycles of the Kings


Cathal mac FinguineCathal mac Finguine (d. 742) – No short description available
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Fergal mac Máele DúinFergal mac Máele Dúin / Fergal mac Maíle Dúin (d. 722) – king of Tara from the Cenél nÉogain
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Cú Brettan mac CongussoCú Brettan mac Congusso / Cú Bretan mac Congusso (d. 740) – king of Fir Roiss (in modern-day Co. Monaghan); son of Congus; father of the Irish poets Blathmac and Donn Bó
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Donn Bó mac Con BrettanDonn Bó mac Con Brettan – Irish poet; son of Cú Brettan mac Congusso
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[ed.] Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Cath Almaine, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 25, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The battle of Allen”, Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 41–70, 446 (add. and corr.).
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Ford, Patrick K. [tr.], The Celtic poets: songs and tales from early Ireland and Wales, Belmont, Massachusetts: Ford & Bailie, 1999.
Dennis Groenewegen
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